Joe Holtzman’s 2014 General Election Voter Guide
By: Joe Holtzman, Mission Viejo
This guide was pulled together using materials from several guides, reading candidate statements, personal knowledge of issues, and purloining some of my friend Larry Gilbert’s guide.
Let’s start with Prop. 1, that is supposed to fix our water shortfall issues.
This is a sham! It was supposedly developed to fix our water supply issues but has thanks to the Democrats turned into a huge Boondoggle! At the time I knew it contained pork but not to the extent I found after further research, including the attached article and references. I therefore am urging a NO vote on Prop 1. This proposal is loaded with pork that was simply a way to gain internal support to get it on the Ballot.
“We have a problem Houston”—In California things are getting worse due to our new “Top Two” law where we have Democrats running against Democrats and Republicans competing against Republicans in state and congressional races.
Beyond that I will be holding my nose in a few races such as the governor. Another race, that I will hold my nose—and perhaps gage–is our State Controller race. In the primary, Republican Ashley Swearengin and Democrat Betty T. Yee finished first and second, respectively, and will contest the general election. Ashley Swearengin is an opportunist, a real lightweight —and certainly not a Republican—her record is abysmal and I will not be voting in this race.
The following list is based on some candidates who will not appear on my Ballot I am recommending them in this election cycle.
Gov. Governor “Moonbeam” still does not touch down—vote for Republican Neel Kashkari.
- Lt. Gov. Ron Nehring
- Secretary of State Pete Peterson. A strong YES
- Controller. No recommendation—both candidates are Nincompoops!
- Treasurer Greg Vonlon
- Attorney General Ronald Gold
- Ins. Commissioner Ted Gaines
- Superintendent of Public Instruction Marshall Tuck
- Board of Equalization Diane Harkey
- CD-1 Doug LaMalfa
- CD-4 Tom McClintock
- CD-23 Kevin McCarthy (Opposes CA HSR)
- CD-39 Ed Royce
- CD-45 Mimi Walters (not my primary choice and I believe has a broken Moral Compass)
- CD-48 Dana Rohrabacher
- CD-49 Darrell Issa ( has no idea what he is talking about when it comes to the most important issue in his area—Edison’s defective nuclear plant and what to do with the nuclear waste.)
- SD-4 Jim Nielsen (Elected Board. Member CA Alliance to protect private property rights)
- SD-34 Janet Nguyen (key race)
- SD-36 Patricia (Pat) Bates (no primary challenger–key race)
- AD-65 Young Kim (key race)
- AD-68 Don Wagner
- AD-73 Bill Brough (not my primary choice—quite honestly I doubt if he ever had an original thought )
- AD-74 Matthew Harper
- Superior Court Judge Office 14 Kevin Haskins
- Board of Sup. 5th District Robert Ming (This is a good man and it is time to get rid of the Stepford Wife Pat Bates an get a real Supervisor in place. His opponent is a Binky for the Developers)
Fourteen city council races. Note: I will not be making recommendations for every open seat nor every city in OC:
- Aliso Viejo–David Harrington
- Buena Park– Baron Knight
- Brea –Steven Vargas
- Costa Mesa –Jim Righeimer
- Fountain Valley– Mark McCurdy
- Fullerton –Sean Paden & Greg Sebourn
- Irvine Mayor– Steven Choi
- Irvine city council– Jeff Lalloway & Lynn Schott
- Lake Forest– Kathryn McCullough & Scott Voigts ( sometimes gets tangle in his underwear )
- Mission Viejo– I support CRA endorsed Ed Sachs & recommend CRA endorsed Desi Kiss while opposing the Developers’ Stooge, Wendy Buchnum, Brainless Dave Leckness & Flip-Flopper Rhonda Reardon
- Newport Beach– Scott Peotter
- Orange– Fred Whitaker
- Placentia– Craig Green
- RSM– Jesse Petrilla
- San Juan Capistrano– Kerry Ferguson, Pam Patterson and Derek Reeve
Local Ballot Measures:
- Irvine. Measure V. YES. A ‘no brainer”.The Park Board blew $200,000 on the Great Park. Oversight & transparency issue.
- RSM Measure Z YES. Property Rights issue. Commercial re-use on vacant auto dealership. No property owner should be pressured to sell when he has no desire to do so. In MV we rezoned part of the MV Country Club for high density housing. This simple rezone request should be permitted.
Statewide Ballot Measures.
- Prop 1. Water quality, supply & infrastructure. NO as stated above. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. This $7.12 billion Bond Measure has pork that is due to legislative compromise.
- Prop 2 Increases “rainy day” fund. YES. Caution. We are facing unpredictable revenue streams be it the recent depression or the “spike” we enjoyed in the “dot com” bonanza.
- Prop 45 YES. Insurance companies have spent over $37 million in opposition. My initial reaction was to vote no. However approval of rate hikes needs a champion for the consumers.
- Prop 46. NO Drug testing of doctors. Negligence damages cap jumps from $250,000 to $1.2 mil. “Money grab by trial lawyers.”
- Prop 47. NO. Reduce penalty for most non violent crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor.
- Prop 48 NO. Tribal state gaming compact. If approved this would permit Vegas style casinos outside the tribe’s neighborhood—just another attempt to screw the Indians.
AS WE ALL KNOW THIS IS A MID TERM WHERE VOTER TURNOUT TYPICALLY DROPS OFF. THERE ARE SEVERAL IMPORTANT RACES WHERE EVERY VOTE IS VITAL. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CAST YOUR VOTES. THANK YOU